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Sunday 17 December 2017

Sports stars are 'the business' - Pat

Dublin’s Pat Gilroy
Dublin’s Pat Gilroy

The traits that make a successful sports person often translate into business - and vice versa. That's the belief of new Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy, who has achieved notable success in both spheres.

Gilroy, who led the Dublin footballers to All-Ireland glory in 2011, was guest speaker yesterday at the UCD Smurfit Business School's Breakfast, sponsored by Electric Ireland.

"Business and sport have a lot in common and, in many cases, those who succeed in one are ideally positioned to do very well in the other," he suggested. "Having been involved at the top level of Dublin's hurling and football set-ups, you always need to have your own head right, first and foremost.

"That's one of the most important elements when building for the future," he added.

Meanwhile, several Dublin All-Ireland winners are among a group of current and former inter-county stars leading a new campaign to tackle social issues such as homelessness.

Footballers, hurlers and camogie players, from all four provinces, have united under the umbrella of 'Gaelic Voices for Change'. Members include Tipperary hurlers Brendan Maher and Patrick 'Bonner' Maher, Waterford hurler Noel Connors, Cork footballer Valerie Mulcahy, former Wexford hurling captain Diarmuid Lyng, 2013 Footballer of the Year Michael Darragh Macauley, his former Dublin teammate Eamon Fennell, fellow Sky Blue Sinéad Finnegan, Tyrone footballer Gemma Begley and Cavan's Alan O'Mara.

They have identified the housing and homelessness crisis as a priority but are also keen to look at areas such as mental health, gambling and racism.

Already over 150 current county players and past players have signed up for a sleep-out in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Belfast, Portlaoise, Waterford, Wexford and Carlow. Pat Gilroy will join his Dublin hurling squad for the fundraiser.

The group are appealing for help with tea and coffee, food, sleeping bags, music and entertainment, and fundraising in each of the locations. People can donate online at www.gaelicvoicesforchange.com.

All funds raised will go to homeless charities including the Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Communities, Focus Ireland and Capuchin Day Centre.

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